Lady of the Camellias

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(orig. Ger. title Die Kameliendame)

Ballet in three acts with libretto and choreography by Neumeier, music by Chopin, and design by J. Rose. Premiered 4 Nov. 1978 by the Stuttgart Ballet at Württembergisches Staatstheater with Haydée, Madsen, Keil, Cragun, and R. Anderson. It is set to original concert music by Chopin, including the complete 2nd Piano Concerto, and is based on the novel La Dame aux camélias by Dumas fils (1848). Starting with the auction scene—performed almost like a scene in a play—the ballet then follows the plot of the novel closely except that it also integrates the characters of Manon Lescaut and des Grieux as mirror images of the main lovers. It was revived for Hamburg Ballet in 1980. Other choreographic treatments of Dumas's novel and play include F. Termanini's Rita Gauthier (mus. Verdi, Turin, 1857), Taras's Camille (mus. Schubert–Rieti, Orig. Ballet Russe, 1946), Tudor's Lady of the Camellias (mus. Verdi, New York City Ballet, 1951), Page's Camille (mus. Verdi, Chicago, 1957), T. Gsovsky's Die Kameliendame (mus. Sauguet, Berlin, 1957), Ashton's Marguerite and Armand (mus. Liszt, arr. Searle, Royal Ballet, 1963), Alberto Mendez's Nous nous verrons hier soir (mus. Sauguet, National Ballet of Cuba, 1971), J. Lefèbre's Dame aux camélias (mus. Verdi, Charleroi, 1980), and Domi Reiter-Stoffer's Lady of the Camellias (mus. Saint-Saëns, 1984).

Subjects: Dance — Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights).

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